Jose Mourinho has closed the door on any possibility that he will take temporary charge of the Portugal for two UEFA EURO 2012 qualifiers next month, stating the "issue is closed".
The 47-year-old, who assumed the Real Madrid reins in the summer after leading Inter Milan to an historic treble in 2009/10, said: "Being Portuguese I am always available to talk about the team, but as a coach the issue is closed and I don't want to talk about it any more."
Coach-less Portugal have made a poor start to their EURO 2012 qualifying bid, drawing 4-4 with Cyprus and losing 1-0 to Norway. The Portuguese Football Federation (FPF) had asked if Mourinho could take the controls for the next two qualifiers following the dismissal of Carlos Queiroz, only for Real Madrid to block the move.
Spanish sports daily Marca reported at the weekend that former Sporting coach Paulo Bento is set to sign a two-year contract with the FPF.
"If it is Paulo Bento, that is good," said Mourinho. "If it is someone else, that is good as well. As for coaching the national team for two matches, the issue is closed, there is no more to it.
"Being Portuguese I always want the national team to be doing well. The coach will always have my support as the coach of three of the players of the national team (Pepe, Ricardo Carvalho and Cristiano Ronaldo). If he needs my co-operation and opinion about those three players, I will always be open to that sort of communication."
Portugal face Denmark and Iceland in October.